Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Marvellous marbling!

At last, this week I have been able to get back to some card-making again! I have sent off the parcel containing my entries for the NAQGCON competitions ... I have finished tidying up and rearranging my craft room following some redecoration work (the roof had been leaking!!) ... and now it feels just like a new beginning!

Last week I came across some copyright-free images of marbled papers (the kind that you find inside the leather-bound covers of old books), courtesy of the Photoshop Roadmap site. It immediately struck me what marvellous backgrounds these would make for quilling, especially when printed at different levels of opacity as I have done on these two cards:

The marbling effect in the first one is just like rippling water, and I managed to get the ripples to flow through from the background (printed at 50% opacity) to the foreground (printed at 100% opacity). Then I added an abstract quilled motif featuring some gold-edged black and metallic-edged blue strips , with a few twists and turns thrown in!

For the second card, I added a quilled embellishment featuring one of my 'cut eccentric coils' made from strips whose colours were chosen to match the marbling. The gold swirl was cut out using a Cuttlebug die, and I've also added a small strip of lace for good measure - not my usual style, perhaps, but I'm really quite pleased with the result.


  1. I always come with pleasure on your blog-hope you feel the same-and today is special as those new creations are soo beautiful ! (the blue one is exquisite!)
    hope you have a nice day,

  2. I am in love with these two cards! The background is perfect for quilling and the quilled piece on the second one is great! Love the lace, too!

  3. There both beautiful, although the second one is my favorite, love the lace and the quilling is awesome !!!

  4. Много стилно и вдъхновяващо!

  5. Beautiful work! You always choose the stunning backgrounds and add exquisite details. For us to say: so little so much!

  6. Hey,

    This idea of using marble paper for a card with quilling on it is great...i love how magical paper can be and transform itself into such amamzing peice of art...

    My fav is the blue card, love the viberancy of it...

  7. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments - I appreciate them all very much.

  8. artistic creation...welldone Philippa...

  9. Wonderful work Phillipa....
    Too good... The marbel paper print is really fantastic....
    Please post a tutorial if you can...



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